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Leahey joins SMI as vice president

Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) announces that Jeff Leahey has joined the firm as a vice president. Previously, Leahey served as executive vice president for government affairs of the National Hydropower Association (NHA).

“Jeff is one of the nation’s leading advocates on hydropower and marine energy,” said SMI Chief Operating Officer Bill McCann. “He understands the issues from the legislative, regulatory and industry perspectives. Jeff will be an incredible resource for SMI’s growing marine and clean energy practice.”

In this new position, Leahey will assist with current SMI clients, such as those in the marine energy sector, as well as seek to expand the firm’s work in clean energy and climate policy. He will work with project owners, developers, and other interested parties to increase their visibility and engagement on energy policy issues at the federal level.

In his 17 years of service at NHA, Leahey led the organization’s legislative, regulatory and legal policy work to advance the hydropower, pumped storage and marine energy industries. He represented NHA before Congress, the administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal resource agencies on matters including climate and clean energy policy, renewable energy tax incentives, hydropower licensing reform, and R&D funding for waterpower technologies. Leahey has experience testifying before Congress, drafting legislative policy and developing comments on regulatory and administrative proposals.

He serves on the board of the National Energy Resources Organization (NERO) and is an advisory board member for NHA. Leahey is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Founded in 1993, SMI represents more than 70 clients nationwide, combining both lobbying and government affairs support with technical consulting services.